Author Topic: What song sounds better as its studio/album version than its live version?  (Read 599 times)

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Offline andrewau2

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Some live versions just don't do a song justice.  Whether it is hard to replicate the electronic studio tricks or there are usually only 3 of them playing instruments, some songs sound better in their studio/album/single form than they do live.

I realize "live is where they live" but there are some songs in which I prefer the studio version. You?

One example is the song "Bad."  While U2 has performed the song quite passionately live, I prefer the haunting and atmospheric quality of the studio version of the song (especially on headphones hearing the stereo percussion tricks) than hearing the sequencer intro to the live version.

Offline TongueInMyEar

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Personally (although I love some live versions) I think With Or Without You studio version is better, it's such a well made song, beautifully put together on record, and similar to what you say about Bad I prefer the atmosphere on the studio version.

I do love the Zoo versions though.

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Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
Moment of Surrender
New York
Do You Feel Loved

Those are the ones that jump out instantly to me.

Offline eddyjedi

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With or without you
Still haven't found
One tree hill
Running to stand still

All of these songs are like magical recordings to me, nothing beats them.